The Junction Clubhouse is doing amazing work helping people transition from mental health care back into the community, jobs and housing.
This year The Junction set up a Bike Bank and members have started cycling, finding it beneficial for their physical and mental health. So they’ve decided to take on a ‘little’ challenge – the 780km Cairns to Karumba Bike Ride in June 2017, with the support of trainer Brenton Koch and also Tracey Hannah, our local downhill mountain bike superstar, who has come on board as a mentor.
The ‘Changing Lives’ project is also showing that members are not defined by mental illness – they are proving to themselves, and the community, that they have a lot to contribute.
The Junction is looking for a documentary maker to profile the participants, follow their rigorous training schedule and film the final event, as well as sponsors to help with the cost of training rides and the C2K race. If any local businesses can help, please contact my office.
Earlier this month, nine members rode to Copperlode Dam in 35+ degree heat – a major achievement. I was very happy to present them with certificates to recognise their efforts.